Canadians are being warned to exercise a high degree of caution when travelling to the Netherlands. This travel advisory has been issued for the Netherlands following a shooting in Utrecht that took several lives. If you find yourself in the following areas, the Government of Canada has set out a number of guidelines to protect yourself.
Earlier this morning, the Government of Canada issued a travel advisory for the Netherlands. This advisory comes after a fatal shooting that took place in a tramway in Utrecht that killed several innocent victims. This city is located about 40 km outside of Amsterdam and is easily accessible by train.
While the shooting is ongoing, it has already been announced that several lives have been claimed as a result of the incident. According to CNN, a gunman opened fire inside a tram in Utrecht around 10:45 AM local time. At least three people have died and five have been wounded as a result, although, the situation is evolving.
CNN has been updating the shooting as more information becomes available in real time. While the investigation is ongoing, officials have come forward to say that they are now looking for a 37-year-old Turkish-born man named Gokmen Tanis who is believed to be the gunman responsible.
#Netherlands: a shooting incident in the tramway in #Utrecht resulted in at least 1 casualty. The situation is evolving. If you are in Utrecht and are in a safe location: remain indoors and follow the instructions of local authorities. https://t.co/jZjraA2rqO— travel.gc.ca (@TravelGoC) March 18, 2019
Due to the shooting, a travel advisory has been put in place for Canadians. This travel advisory is urging Canadians to use extreme caution if travelling in the Netherlands especially within the city of Utrecht. Canadians are being told to remain indoors and follow the instructions of local authorities.
Travellers should also be aware of their surroundings. A good way to do this is to monitor social media and other local media outlets. The Dutch authorities have also set up a hotline at +31(0) 88 269-0000 for those in need.
To view a list of all current travel advisories, visit the Government of Canada website.